It’s been a long time since I updated this blog and things sure have changed since I was last here.

For one, there is a whole new person in the world – In my last post I was 37 weeks pregnant. I was expecting to give birth any day, but didn’t end up going into labour until I was 19 days past my ‘due’ date. On Feb 13th I woke up at 6am with my contractions already started. I spent the day labouring at home and playing scrabble with my mother. At 11.30pm I gave birth to a beautiful little girl in our loungeroom, in an inflatable kiddie pool with fishes on the sides. Juniper was born with just me, her father, my mother and our midwife present. Although our midwife arrived with only 20 minutes to spare! After birthing her, I reached into the water and found a leg, skinny and slimy and warm, and I spun her around in the water until I found her shoulders and then brought her out of the water. She didn’t make a sound, but had her eyes wide open, taking it all in. We sat in the water staring at each other for ten full minutes before anyone even thought to check if she was a boy or a girl.

Juniper is now 5 and a half months old and growing so fast. Every day is a new adventure!

In other news, we said goodbye to our New Zealand home a few months back and are currently living in Sunny QLD, where we are saving up for a caravan. We are embracing our nomad tendencies and expect to be mobile in about a year from now, travelling around Australia, one town at a time. We are looking forward to the adventure, but in the meantime we are enjoying the QLD wintertime, and not at all missing the snowy Queenstown winter.

Life is good, I hope it is for you as well!


Today the lovely Kel over at Natshukashii awarded me with the Stylish Blogger Award!

Thanks Kel!!

Technically, it was awarded for my Vegan Chickie blog but since I try to keep that one relatively anonymous I thought I would reciprocate here instead! I hope that doesn’t break any rules!

So, the terms of the award are this:

* Thank and link back to the person who gave me this award.
* Share 7 things about myself.
* Pay it forward to 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
* Contact those bloggers and tell them about the award.

So, in the spirit of things, 7 things about me:

1. If I could do absolutely anything, I would travel the world (with my soon to be little family of three), writing about our adventures.

2. I am currently 37 weeks pregnant and I’m planning on giving birth right here in our lounge room.

3. Every person in my family, and every one of my best friends lives in a different country to me.
(although technically I count my husband in both of those categories so maybe that isn’t quite a true statement).

4. I read my favourite books over and over and over again.

5. I have been living away from Melbourne now for longer than I was ever living there but I still think of it as home.

6. I am 30 years old and still sometimes get afraid of the dark.

7. Last year I wrote a novel but I’m too afraid to let anyone read it.

And the 15 blogs I think are oh so Fabulous:

1. New Culinary Traditions
2. Blog Of Nathan
3. Donde El Viento Nos Toma
4. Hespera’s Garden
5. Truly Blessed Life
6. Sharnanigans
7. Janet Fraser
8. Hellena Post – Creatrix
9. Yes and Yes
10. Majikfaerie
11. Glooart
12. Diary of a Vegan
13. The Auspicious Squirrel
14. And All That Sazz
15. Living Luscious Lea

So I’ve been MIA since April, but I thought I’d come in and dust off this old blog of mine and see what’s what.

There’s probably too much to write about in detail in one measly little post so here is a dot point rundown of the last 7 months.

  • Spent 4 weeks in Australia
  • Celebrated my Mum’s 50th
  • Watched my Mum get married (and cried)

  • Came home to find our town flooded
  • Got an eviction notice in the mail (owners returning from OS)
  • Had two lovely visitors from Australia en-route to South America

  • Found out I was pregnant (Wahoo!)
  • Moved house

  • Found a homebirth midwife
  • Stifled agoraphobic tendencies and went to the homebirth meetings in town
  • Grieved the death of my trusty iPod
  • Became the fundraising coordinator for the local homebirth group
  • Had a photo selected to be in the 2011 Yes and Yes calendar

  • Signed up for the Canon EOS Photo 5
  • Realised I am not creative enough to do the Canon EOS Photo 5

  • Got a new (secondhand) iPod Touch and fell in love
  • Survived our first Queenstown winter

  • Buoyed by last year’s success – Signed up for NaNoWriMo

  • Panicked about NaNoWriMo
  • Realised I only have 143 days left in my 101/1001 list and have absolutely no hope of finishing everything (I am 6 months pregnant after all)!!

So, that is the update on me!

Just a quick update today to show off the glorious sunset we had here this evening.

I also wanted to mention that I was featured in the High Heeled Guide to Enlightenment Magazine this issue. For anyone who is interested in reading the article, it is HERE

Another item crossed off my 101/1001 list this morning. Have I mentioned how much I love crossing things off lists?

#25. Sleep under the stars

Last night I set up the hammock on our front porch and camped out with my favourite doona and my ipod packed to the brim with my favourite songs (I can’t fall asleep without music). I lay there for hours looking at the stars, watching the clouds float across the sky and listening to the water lapping on the lake shore, it was lovely. After a while I fired up the pod and rocked myself to sleep in the hammock. And, best of all, I woke up just in time to watch the sun rise over the mountains, what a great way to start the day.

Normally I am quite the Christmas grinch, scowling at speakers daring to broadcast Christmas carols in public places and grumbling at the idea of buying gifts for family members I don’t really like all that much out of obligation instead of goodwill. I have to admit that I judge you if I go past your house and find it covered in Christmas lights or with a Santa sticking out of the chimney. Not only do I not own a Christmas tree, but Luke and I have never exchanged Christmas gifts.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to give gifts to the people I love, I love thinking about finding the perfect little thing, thinking about what you would want more than anything else. My issue isn’t with the giving, it’s more with the idea of giving for the sake of giving, filling up stockings with useless junk that people don’t want or need, my issue is with the wasting of resources (both financial, and environmental) on the idea that at Christmas time we have to give gifts, and so we do.. and usually they aren’t even gifts you want, just junk to wrap for the festivity of it, which seems like it’s kind of missing the point.

Anyway, I know what you are all thinking, first the post about the Melbourne Cup and now this! What a humorless old grinch I am! BUT, the point of this post isn’t to grumble about all things Christmas, it’s actually to tell you that this year I am actually trying to be festive! I decided that instead of eating vegemite on toast for lunch – which was my original plan, I was going to cook up something fabulous for our first vegan Christmas. Luke is working at night, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a nice Christmas lunch together before he goes, right?!

So, yesterday we went grocery shopping for all ingredients for our Vegan Feast, and when we got home I discovered that even just having all the ingredients in the house was making me feel all warm and festive and not only that but it was even kind of nice. Shock horror!

Then, this morning I went to get the mail and there was a giant package from my mother, filled not only with Christmas presents but with Christmas decorations (when she found out we didn’t have a tree she almost cried down the phone, poor dear!), so I figured I would set up a little corner in the house with the decorations. There wasn’t a lot there, a tiny little red metal Christmas tree (I think it’s supposed to be the top ornament on an actual Christmas tree) and some tinsel and this strange flashing badge thing with a Santa on it, anyway I constructed some kind of tree structure using some old candle holders and wrapped it all with the tinsel so that if you squint really hard at it you might mistake it for a very small (and funny shaped) Christmas tree, then, I put all the presents underneath it and lo and behold that festive feeling got a bit more festive!

So! Now I am going to sit down and have a MASSIVE Christmas movie marathon in the hope that that makes me feel even MORE Christmassy. I have two days to get through them all, here is my list:

Gremlins (well it IS a Christmas movie!)
A Muppets Christmas Carol
Joyeux Noel
Home Alone (In honor of John Hughes who passed away this year)
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Love Actually

Okay, so it’s not really a VERY traditional Christmas movie list, I realise that, but surely I get points for trying to be a little more Christmassy?!

Anyway, while I’m feeling all warm and festive, I hope you all have a really lovely festive day, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hannukah, or are someone who is just damn happy that there are a bunch of public holidays in December and January.

I was very excited today to receive a package in the mail today from Yes and Yes. The calendar has arrived!! And what a cute little calendar it is – and I’m not just saying that because I’m Miss September! – Full of space to make happy little lists (you all know how I love lists!) and lots of little tips to have a wonderful Yes and Yes kind of year. I love it!

I took that photo during our New Zealand road trip in June (back when we still lived in Sydney!). The building is The Church of the Good Shepherd and it looks over Lake Tekapo on the South Island. Inside the church, instead of having a normal altar it has a window so that the congregation looks out over the lake and beautiful Mount Cook. It’s such a beautiful place. Here is another photo I took that day.

Also, today is the official start day for my Bachelor of Arts so I’m also crossing off:

4. Start a Bachelor of Arts

For those of you who are following along with the progress of the 101/1001 list I have also added a few more to the tally on the following items – although I’m not ready to cross them off entirely yet, it’s still progress!

9. Take 101 hour long walks (5/101)

14. Cook 101 meals (45/101)

21. Write 101 posts/articles for other blogs/websites & see if they get published (2/101)

27. Write 101 hand written letters to friends (19/101)

32. Master 5 fabulous recipes (4/5)

33. Backup my laptop every month (7/33)

58. Do a BTAT for the equivalent of a whole year (Best thing about today) (180/365)

84. Create a http://www.postcrossing.com/ account and send at least 20 postcards (10/20)

96. Take myself out on 5 photo safaris (4/5)

99. Eat 101 meals outside (12/101)

I have been furiously struggling with this, and my other WordPress blog, for the past two days, trying to update, but some reason – in spite of all my grumbling and empty threats – I kept getting an incoherent computer speak error. So, unable to post, I was feeling very cut off from the world but then, in the space of a few hours last night I discovered my guest star post over at the Chronicles of Sharnia AND I found out that Sarah over at Yes and Yes, has used one of my photographs in her beautiful 2010 calendar! So now I’m feeling much better about my place in the blog-o-sphere..

..and best of all I’m now able to post again! What did people do before there was internet? Especially the ones that lived in tiny towns in the middle of nowhere??

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